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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 9, 2014

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The release from Cannonsville reservoir has been bumped slightly to 1,167 cfs until further notice.  It seems the conditions are great, the bugs are hatching, the fish want to eat, but we are fighting the wind everyday as these fronts move through.  The olives are there so once we get a break in the gusts the fish have been eating on top most afternoons.  Along with the olive we are seeing some Isonychias and Heptagenia mayflies on the water so don’t overlook the bigger bugs yet.  There are quite a few caddis on the water in the evening.  If no fish are rising we’ve had some success swinging pups patterns through the deeper runs.  Today Accuweather is calling for moderate temperatures in the 60’s and some wind.  I hope they are wrong about the wind and it stays calm like it is so far this morning.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 54 degrees this morning.

Fall is streamer time!

Fall is streamer time!

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,220 cfs @ 55º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,270 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 103 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 191 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,370 cfs @ 56º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 72 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 8, 2014

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Those who braved the wind yesterday found the olives and the fish eating them in between gusts.  We are still seeing good numbers of olive #18 -24 plus a few Isonychias on the water.  The release from Cannonsville is 1086 cfs until further notice.  It looks like last nights rain offered no relief for the Beaverkill and East Branch so the West Branch and Mainstem remain the better rivers to fish.  We are looking at id 60’s today with some wind moving in during the afternoon.  We may have a very light passing shower and then sun.  It looks like a repeat of yesterday.  The West Branch temperature under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 56 degrees this morning.

 

Tonya with a brown on the West Branch  photo by Bob Lewis

Tonya with a brown on the West Branch photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,150 cfs @ 55º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,170 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 105 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 193 cfs @ 56º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,340 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 65 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 7, 2014

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Accuweather is calling for warmer temps, clouds, light rain, and moderate winds today.  If they are correct we should see decent olive hatches in the afternoon- especially in the slower pools and tailouts.  The release hotline has not been updated since Sunday but the flow at Stilesville is 1100 cfs and the the East Branch continues to starve for water.  Hopefully the rain over the next couple of days helps out the Beaverkill and lower East.  Yesterday fished well if you could find a wind protected spot.  There are quite a few Pseudos hatching but the fish are still eating larger olives.

Mitchell fighting a fish over the weekend

Mitchell fighting a fish over the weekend

 

 

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,100 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,120 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 101 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 193 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,330 cfs @ 54º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 67 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 6, 2014

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It feels like October this morning!  The cool temps this morning will give way to sun and mid 60s this afternoon.  The flow on the West Branch is going up this morning but the release hotline has not been updated at this time.  We are still seeing the olives in mid- afternoon with a few Isonychias.  I would still carry some Cahills just in case but that hatched seems to have waned.  Most of the fish are willing to eat the larger #18 olives making life a little easier for the fisherman but there are a lot of pseudos #22 -26 out there right now.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 51 degrees this morning.  It looks like we have some rain moving in overnight which could really get the olives going over the next few days.

Roman laying into a fish on the Mainstem

Roman laying into a fish on the Mainstem

 

 

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,070 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,030 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 101 cfs @ 49º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 224 cfs @ 51º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,190 cfs @ 52º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 84 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 5, 2014

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The clouds stuck around most of the day yesterday finally breaking up mid afternoon.  As a bonus the wind was not too strong until late in the day too.  The olives hatched and the fish responded nicely.  The release from Cannonsville has been raised to 854 cfs this morning until further notice.  The flow at Hale Eddy is still climbing but should settle in just under 900 cfs by mid afternoon.  Most of the fish seem to be willing to eat #18 olives still but definitely have the #24 -26 Psuedos ready..  Yesterday’s rain did offer a little relief for the East Branch and the Beaverkill.  Not as much as we would have liked to see but every drop helps.

Keep an eye out for the caddis in the evenings

Keep an eye out for the caddis in the evenings

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 813 cfs @ 52º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 738 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 108 cfs @ 51º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 213 cfs @ 54º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 905 cfs @ 54º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 122 cfs @ N/A

 

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 4, 2014

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We woke to the sound of steady rain this morning.  It’s been a long time.  Accuweather is calling for cooler temps and around a 1/2″ of rain today.  I would expect most of the rain to soak into the ground and it appears that they are dropping the release on the West Branch assuming the rain will help satisfy the downriver flow targets.  According to the 7 AM recording the release from Cannonsville is 591 cfs this morning.  The flow at Stilesville is 577 cfs so who really knows for sure. The water temps remain decent with 55 degrees on the West Branch under the 191 Bridge. They are calling for a decent amount of wind.  If the forecast is correct look for protected areas- besides the wind this looks like a great fishing day.   Yesterday was mostly a blue winged olive day with some dark caddis in the evening.

 

Ken with an awesome brown.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Ken with an awesome brown. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 577 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 810 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 101 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 175 cfs @ 59º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,070 cfs @ 57º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 56 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 3, 2014

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Good news for wading fans of the West Branch- the release from Cannonsville has been reduced to 800 cfs “until further notice”- this should open up more wading opportunities and add a little more slow water where the fish will be willing to rise to small olives.  Hale Eddy is still dropping this morning bet should settle in to the mid 800 cfs range by the afternoon.  The hatching continues to be decent with a lot of olives and a few Isonychias thrown in for good measure.  We are also seeing a lot of caddis in the evening.  If you don’t see fish rising to them a pupa swung had been effective.  The temperature under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 55 degrees this morning.

 

George Scott sent us a picture of a nice rainbow landed this week

George Scott sent us a picture of a nice rainbow landed this week

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 860 cfs @ 54º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 931 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 96 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 171 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,170 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 52 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 2, 2014

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The release from Cannonsville has been dropped back to 947 cfs this morning “until further notice.”  We did have some light rain overnight but so far it’s soaked into the ground.  Today looks like a great day for fishing with clouds, some additional light rain possible, and light winds.  We had decent olive hatches yesterday mixed with a few Isonychias and caddis.  The wind gusts were very brief and infrequent which helped keep the fish working.  The cool nights have helped the rivers keep their temperatures throughout the system.  The West Branch under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 54 degrees this morning.

 

We still have some decent sized mayflies on the river

We still have some decent sized mayflies on the river

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,000 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,010 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 99 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 166 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,270 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 54 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions October 1, 2014

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The release from Cannonsville had been dropped this morning to 1081 cfs “until further notice.”  Looking at the USGS gauge there is no change for the East Branch.  If Accuweather is correct today looks like it will be an awesome day to be on the water.  We are looking at air temps in the high 60’s, clouds,  a passing shower or two, and wind gusts only to 5 mph.  I should be a great olive day with a few Isonychias showing up in the afternoon.  The leaves are changing quickly with the lack of rain and cool nights so we are almost in full fall colors.

 

Cool picture by Bob Lewis

Cool picture by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,120 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,200 cfs @ 54º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 96 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 164 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,520 cfs @ 68º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 52 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 30, 2014

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The release from Cannonsville was increased slightly yesterday afternoon, then dropped back slightly to 1267 cfs this morning.  It seems crazy to solely use the West Branch to meet downstream flow targets when Mainstem temperatures are not an issue and the East Branch is starving for water.  On the plus side the cloud cover stuck around for most of yesterday, the olives hatched, and the fish ate.  Throw in a few Isonychias and caddis and it was a good day to be on the water.  Today looks good on Accuweather with cooler temps, clouds, light winds, and maybe a shower passing through in the afternoon.  The temperature under the 191 Bridge in Hancock is 55 degrees.

Bob With a nice brown- Photo by Bruce Miller

Bob With a nice brown- Photo by Bruce Miller

Bruce with a nice rainbow- Photo by Bob Lewis

Bruce with a nice rainbow- Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,330 cfs @ 53º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,340 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 99 cfs @ 55º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 166 cfs @ 60º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,700 cfs @ 68º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 52 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 29, 2014

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Here we are on another day they are using only the release from the West Branch to meet downstream flow targets while the East Branch starves.  The release from Cannonsville Reservoir is currently 1,317 cfs while the flow at Harvard is 99 this morning.  Fish’s Eddy is a pathetic 166 cfs.  The current storage in Cannonsville is 63.5% capacity and Pepacton is 76% capacity.  I don’t think it would destroy the NYC water supply to spread the love around a little.  We are still seeing plenty of olives on the water mixed with some Isonychias and a few different dark caddis.  The bright sun slowed fishing down during the day but shaded areas fished well for risers and things picked up once the sun dropped a bit.  Today looks like another warm one- hopefully the rain they are predicting over the next few days actually hits here for a change!

Father and son.  Theo with a nice one while Tony looks thrilled!  Photo by Bruce Miller

Father and son. Theo with a nice one while Tony looks thrilled! Photo by Bruce Miller

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,340 cfs @ 52º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,260 cfs @ 53º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 99 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 166 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,480 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 52 cfs @ N/A

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Delaware River Report / Conditions September 28, 2014

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Yesterday was a warm one out there.  The bright sun made fishing tough during the day.  Most success came nymphing and swinging wet flies through deeper runs and faster riffles.  There were fish rising during the day but it was all about timing and a little luck.  The hatching picked up in the afternoon with the normal olives plus some caddis.  There are still some Isonychias around the the olives are definitely the key mayfly right now.  Today looks like a repeat of yesterday with both similar flows/releases and the sun.  The wind should be less of an issue today if Accuweather is correct.    The West Branch under the 191 Bridge is 54 degrees this morning.

Theo with a nice brown in the sunshine.  Photo by Bruce Miller

Theo with a nice brown in the sunshine. Photo by Bruce Miller

Molly taking a nice afternoon boat ride down the Main.  Photo by Bob Lewis

Molly taking a nice afternoon boat ride down the Main. Photo by Bob Lewis

Hatching:

Olive/Sulphurs #18 -20 H. hebe

Summer Stenos #12-16 various species

Tan Caddis #16 – 18- Hydrosyche sp.

Tiny Blue Wing Olives #22 – 26 – Pseudocloeon sp.

Dark Blue Winged Olive #16 -20 – E. deficiens, lata, etc.

Slate Drakes #12 – 14 -Isonychia bicolor

Charcoal Caddis #16-18 – Dk Brachycentrus sp.

FLOWS AS OF 8:00 AM:
West Branch at Stilesville, NY 1,180 cfs @ 51º
West Branch at Hale Eddy, NY 1,180 cfs @ 52º
East Branch at Harvard, NY 99 cfs @ 57º
East Branch at Fish’s Eddy, NY 169 cfs @ 61º
Mainstem at Lordville, NY 1,430 cfs @ 58º
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls, NY 54 cfs @ N/A

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